The Android-x86 Project has done a lot of impressive work porting the Android OS to devices with x86 processors. When the project started a lot of users downloaded their semi-functional Android 1.6 ‘Donut’ image and installed it, myself included. The build was intriguing to say the least, and was rather simple to install. The Project saw a lot of updates over the following months and the build became more and more functional. Now, the wizards from the Android-x86 Project have done it again with a magical build of Ice Cream Sandwich, fresh and ready to install on your x86 device.
ICS is a more versatile OS than Donut was and it lends itself to use on a netbook much better than its predecessors. The build was first spotted running on an Asus X101 netbook in a how-to video at Asus Campus Life. According to the release notes, the ICS build (Android version 4.0.3) supports multi-touch, sound, WiFi, Bluetooth, built-in cameras, G-sensors and even OpenGL hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon and Intel chipsets.
If you’d like to give it a try on your netbook, laptop or other x86 device, head over to the Android-x86 Project Release Note page and download an image of the latest build. It can be installed via USB or CD as a multi-boot OS option, so be sure to make a backup of your device before installation.